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While Tim Eyman was losing a lawsuit against the state (whose budget office he thought was misinterpreting his latest initiative), Colorado resident Carol Hedges was

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This Woman Came All the Way From Colorado to Tell Us Not to Vote for Tim Eyman's Initiative

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While Tim Eyman was losing a lawsuit against the state (whose budget office he thought was misinterpreting his latest initiative), Colorado resident Carol Hedges was visiting the state to tell us not to vote for his latest initiative.

That initiative, I-1033, would basically freeze our government spending at recession levels (allowing for small growth for population and inflation) and then lower it again every time another recession hits. Eyman likes to say that it'll get rid of the roller coaster effect, but really it just gets rid of the parts where the car goes up. Thus, we'd never be able to recover all the programs we cut, and those old folks would never again get their dialysis unless we took away from someone else.

Colorado is the only state to have passed such a measure, though it ended up un-passing large parts of it after it saw the consequences (such as huge reductions in school funding). Since then, Hedges, who works for the Colorado Policy Institute (a sister organization of Washington State Budget & Policy Center) has traveled the country to fight similar proposals whenever they pop up. (She popped up on these pages in July.)

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Better these than Eyman's latest.
"It's a proven failure," she says. "And the timing for Washington is terrible," as it would freeze spending at this year's levels. "In Colorado, we went from lean to anorexic; you're starting at the anorexic level." She backs up her claims in a paper (pdf) co-written with the WSBPC, showing the effects on the state, from slowed economic growth to crumbling infrastructure to dwindling funds for health care.

"In Colorado, we have a lot of things we think are eminently exportable," she said, "but [this initative] isn't one of them." What is, then? "I recommend Crocs," says Hedges, of the hugely popular, bright-colored clogs that originate in the Centennial State. "And Enstrom's Toffee as well."

 
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